First Camping Trip

There was a bit of a dark cloud over my August. But summer wasn’t over, yet, and we had some stuff that we’d planned a long time ago, so that was a nice distraction from my sadness, too.

We did some camping in the Stub Stewart Park. We rented one of the rustic cabins and friends joined us. This was the first time we went “camping” with Logan and Bella. We’re hoping to go actual camping next summer! It was nice to get out of the house.

We’ve been to Stub Stewart park a bunch of times for day trips/hiking/picnics and it’s super cute and fun! We booked a cabin back in February (they book out far in advance!). The cabins are really cute. They are sort of private. They are pretty rustic–there’s electricity and a ceiling fan but that’s it. There was a bunk bed and a futon with mats on it, so it was better than sleeping on the ground.

We got cabin #8 at the end and it was a more private spot and it was pretty shaded, too, which was nice because it was in the 90’s again.

So I’m not going to sugar-coat it. Yes, the pictures and videos I posted looked good and we had fun but……….camping with a toddler was HARD WORK. Logan was into everything. He was fascinated by the fire pit and got covered in ash. He did not want to sleep in his crib in the cabin and we basically spent 2 days just chasing him around the campsite. Gone are the relaxing days where I get to sit back in a camping chair with a book and a beer and relax. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Despite the hard work it was to chase Logan and keep him out ofย everything, he was obviously having a fabulous time and loved every single minute of it! That was kind of cool to see and made me happy. It will be a little bit easier next year, I think, when Logan is a little bit older and understands more stuff.

We were there Sunday–Tuesday. Our friends joined us with their dog (which Bella loved having a playmate around!) and their 4 year old daughter. Logan LOVED chasing after the big kid! There was a trailhead right by our cabin and the kids just ran up and down the trail in a loop. ๐Ÿ™‚

On Monday it was going to be 95 degrees and since Logan wasn’t sleeping great in the cabin, we knew he wouldn’t nap so we decided to take a day trip to Seaside. It was a great idea. Logan got a 1 hour nap on the way there (perfect) and we hung out in much cooler weather on the beach!

This was the third beach trip this summer! Logan is now an expert. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This time he didn’t try and eat any sand! But he did discover how much fun it is to dig around in wet sand and get all dirty.

Logan loved running around on the beach, chasing daddy, chasing Bella…

It was so cool to see how much fun everyone was having! Bella was having a blast, too. She loves the beach. This time we brought her ball and let her off leash. She’s been doing so much better off-leash, so she got to run amok and wear herself out.

It was kind of the perfect day. We had a picnic lunch on the beach, had some beers. This was the most fun (and most relaxing) part of the camping trip. It was just fun to chill out and let the kids and dogs go nuts on the beach.

After that we got ice cream in Seaside then drove back to the campground. Logan got another nap, perfect timing! We got back and took showers. The facilities at Stub Stewart are really nice! It felt awesome to take a cool shower.

Monday night was hot. We had planned on going on a hike all together but it was just too hot for dogs and babies to hike. So we took it easy. We had burgers (with goat cheese, grilled figs and arugula) for dinner and sat by the campfire until pretty late. It was another rough night with Logan. He didn’t want to sleep.. ๐Ÿ™ It was just hot and weird and out of the norm, I guess.

Tuesday morning we had pancakes for breakfast, lots of cold brew coffee for this tired mama, packed up the campsite and our friends left and we did a quick (and short) family hike in the park before heading home.

I think our hike was just over 2 miles. ๐Ÿ™‚ Logan crashed immediately. And then when we put him in the car to head back to Portland, he slept the whole way too!

Man, that first shower at home after camping was so amazing. ๐Ÿ˜€ Even though it was hard work, it was a lot of fun and I am already forgetting the stressful moments and only remembering the happiness on Logan’s face. I know it will get easier next time!


The Corpse Reviver and Ghost Orchids

Arizona Trip – Day Three

Friday we had a plan. My mom and I wanted to go swimming in a pool and Michael was going to go to the driving range with my dad to see if he could hit golf balls. Since Michael’s back has been hurting since December he hasn’t been able to do a lot of physical activities, one being golf. The driving range was a good place to start. They dropped my mom and I off at the Oro Valley Municipal Pool and they left for the golf course.


We had 1.5 hours to swim. I was so excited. The moment I saw that outdoor pool I was in HEAVEN. Oh my god.

An Olympic size pool, outdoors, heated, with 16 lanes for lap swimming! I’M IN HEAVEN!!!! This was the best part of the vacation. ๐Ÿ™‚


I grabbed a lane for us and I started swimming my laps. The last time I swam I was unable to because of my chest issues but I didn’t have any issues (thankfully). It was absolutely amazing to swim under the sun in the middle of the desert. Words cannot describe how peaceful and soothing it was to workout that way. I have no idea how many miles I did. Maybe a mile? Maybe a mile and a half? Who knows–I was on vacation! I swam for about 55 minutes then got out to shower and change.


Seriously–swimming outside is a wonderful way to stay fit. I was glowing and all smiles after that. The boys picked us up, we went back to the house for lunch and to make a plan for the afternoon.

Swim Stats:

Time: 55 minutes
Calories Burned: 465

An old friend from Middle School recently moved down to Tucson to go to the University for her PhD. I really wanted to see my old friend Christine since I was there and we made plans to meet up at the Hotel Congress downtown.


My dad and Michael booked a T-time at a golf course downtown and my mom checked out the shops while I spend a few hours with Christine at the cute outside bistro cafe.


We caught up, shared girly drinks and spent about 2 hours or so just hanging out in the shade, a cool breeze keeping us comfortable.The first drink was a Ghost Orchid. So delicious and like art.


The second drink we split: a Corpse Reviver. It had absinthe in it too! I enjoyed that drink as well.

Corpse Reviver


We split the fruit and yogurt plate. It was delicious. The plain yogurt had granola, dried fruit, walnuts, agave syrup and whipped cream on top, plus fresh fruit. It was a lovely, light snack in the middle of the day. I MUST buy Agave syrup. So good.

I love my parents and was having a great time but at the same time it was nice to be out decompressing with a friend!

After my date with Christine, I met up with my mom and we hit a few art galleries and a park near the golf course.

We checked out the Cathedral in downtown Tucson, as well. There was some cool art in the courtyard.

I saw the only cat the entire trip outside of an art gallery in downtown Tucson. Then we walked around the park where we saw the only water in Tucson. ๐Ÿ™‚

We picked up my dad and Michael and the four of us went to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner. El Parador had been in Tucson since 1946 and seemed to be a popular local favorite. The inside of the restaurant used to be an outdoor patio. They enclosed it but kept it looking like a garden oasis–the trees still grow inside.

It was a nice dinner and I did not care about the insane amount of calories. Especially in the table side guacamole. YUM.

The food was tasty but not authentic in any way. I was mildly disappointed in that. My hope is that I have REAL Mexican food on our trip to Texas. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Despite the eating out a few times during my trip, I did pretty well with still counting my calories, watching what I eat, being mindful.

Every day of my vacation I was in bed by like 8 pm. Totally exhausted!

QUESTION: Do you maintain your normal eating habits while on vacation? Have you ever swam in an outdoor pool like I did?